Let’s Keep Connected

March 24, 2020

My dear fellow Toastmasters and friends,

The pandemic caused by the coronavirus is now affecting all aspects of our personal and professional lives with so many activities on hold. For us, as Toastmasters, this is unsettling and makes us feel isolated. We rely on one another for growth, support, and camaraderie. We have helped one another become stronger leaders, speakers, and team players. Communication is at our core; we thrive on it.

While we are most comfortable fully engaged with in-person meetings and interaction, we are finding it is possible to thrive through our technological connections now. Online meetings, speeches, and chats are giving us purpose and reason to smile with one another, even in this difficult time. Toastmasters was always a laboratory, of sorts, for experimenting and learning, and now it gives us an opportunity to become more creative as we engage online together. We are experiencing our support system, still in place, all around the world.

As your International President, I have been thinking very seriously about our role as Toastmasters, but also about the precautions we must take during these times, especially regarding current and upcoming Toastmasters contests, programs, and events. To see the actions we’ve taken so far, click here.

Rest assured that we are closely monitoring the situation with respect to the 2020 Toastmasters International Convention to be held in Paris, France in August. We are actively working with our partners in Paris and relying on local health and government officials to assess moving forward. We are also following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will keep you updated on any changes. We want to make the smartest decision, above all, for the health and safety of you and your families.

I encourage you to continue to find ways to connect; emotional wellness is just as important as physical health. The Board of Directors and World Headquarters staff is committed to helping you through these challenging times. While staff is working remotely for the safety of all, they are dedicated to keeping service standards and helping members in any way they can. Please reach out to them here.

Our activities as Toastmasters have certainly shifted, with our primary focus on protecting ourselves, so we can protect the globe. It is my hope and passion that we stay connected and come through stronger, as we endure new challenges, but also find new reasons to be grateful.

Please take care of one another,


Deepak Menon

Deepak Menon
International President
Toastmasters International

Pathways Evaluation Forms



Evaluations are a fundamental part of Toastmasters. We learn and improve by giving and receiving good evaluations.

In a verbal evaluation, the evaluator begins with what they did well, makes a few suggestions for improvement, and then concludes their evaluation with what they did very well, followed by a summary.

Pathways projects include either one or two speeches that needs to be delivered to complete the project.

Following are the evaluation forms for all the Pathways projects. They are PDFs. In most cases, they contain editable fields. This means the evaluator can type the evaluation directly onto the form if they wish, and email it to the speaker.

Alternatively, you can click on the link, download the form to your computer and print it.

Active Listening
Advanced Mentoring
Building A Social Media Presence
Communicate Change
Connect With Storytelling
Connect With Your Audience
Create A Podcast
Creating Effective Visual Aids
Cross-Cultural Understanding
Deliver Your Message With Humor

Develop A Communication Plan
Develop Your Vision – Speech One and Two
Distinguished Toastmasters – Speech One and Two

Effective Body Language
Engage Your Audience with Humor

Ethical Leadership
Evaluation And Feedback – Speech One
Evaluation And Feedback – Speech-Two
Evaluation And Feedback – Speech Three
Focus On the Positive
Generic Evaluation
High Performance Leadership – Speech One and Two
Ice Breaker
Improvement Through Positive Coaching
Inspire Your Audience
Introduction To Toastmasters Mentoring
Know Your Sense of Humor
Lead In Any Situation
Leading In Difficult Situations
Leading In Your Volunteer Organization
Leading Your Team
Lessons Learned
Make Connections Through Networking
Manage Change
Manage Online Meetings
Manage Projects Successfully – Speech One and Two
Managing A Difficult Audience
Managing Time Mentoring
Moderate A Panel Discussion
Motivate Others
Negotiate The Best Outcome
Persuasive Speaking
Planning and Implementing
Prepare For An Interview
Prepare To Speak Professionally
Present A Proposal
Public Relations Strategies
Question And Answer
Reaching Consensus Option One and Option Two
Reflect On Your Path
Researching And Presenting
Speech Profile Vocal Variety
Successful Collaboration
Team Building Speech One and Two
The Power of Humor in an Impromptu Speech
Understanding Conflict Resolution
Understanding Emotional Intelligence
Understanding Your Communication Style
Using Descriptive Language
Using Presentation Software
Write A Compelling Blog

Click here to download a zip file of all Evaluation Forms

Spring 2018 Club Officer Training Makeup Sessions

Make up Club Officer Training sessions have been scheduled for the following divisions:

Division A

Division B & C

Make Up TLI Sessions – Seeking Presenters

Irondequoit Library Reservations
02/18 – Doors Open at 1:00 pm – Registration at 1:30 pm – Training ( 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
02/20 – Doors Open at 6:00 pm – Registration at 6:30 pm – Training ( 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
02/22 – Doors Open at 6:00 pm – Registration at 6:30 pm – Training ( 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
02/24 – Doors Open at 10:00 am – Registration at 10:30 am – Training (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Division D

Division E


Club Spotlight

The club in the spotlight is Generally Speaking!

For the past several weeks, Francisca Banahene Past Vice President Public Relations and members of Generally Speaking in Rochester have designed and tweaked an infographic and has ultimately gained approval by Toastmasters International.

Here is a picture of the final product. 

This is a link to the PDF

Francisca will modify the infographic upon request by sending an email to tmdistrict65@outlook.com 

Speech Contests

District 65, along with all other Toastmasters International districts, are required to hold four speech contests per Toastmasters year. For the year 2017-2018, District 65 will hold the Evaluation Contest and the Humorous Speech Contest this fall.

District 65 Director Ellen Pieklo DTM, has decided to follow the options in the Speech Contest Handbook in that …if an area has four assigned clubs or fewer in good standing, districts have the option to allow two contestants from each club to compete in the area contest.

1. Should additional clubs charter prior to the area contest, two contestants from each club are permitted to compete.
2. In those divisions with four assigned areas or less, districts have the option to allow the two highest-placed available contestants from each area to compete.

Each speech contest has its own criteria for the judges to rate the contestants.  The criteria are on each of the judges ballots.  

For your convenience, each speech contest tab above, has the entire contents of the speech kits from Toastmasters International, as well as a copy of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Toastmasters International.

Tips for becoming a successful club coach

Tips For Becoming A Successful Club Coach

By Mike Reinbolt and Kristy Miller

Northpointe Toastmasters Club Coaches 2017

(Pictured above with most of their new 2017 officer team)

  1. Inspiring and helping each other goes a long way.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask other toastmasters and clubs for help.
  3. Hold club activities, that encourage bringing the club together. (demo meeting open house, picnics, joint meeting with another club, etc.)
  4. Hold productive and role filled meetings. (See #2 if you need help filling roles). 
  5. At the end of each meeting fill the roles for the next meeting.
  6. Keep meetings structured and have agendas for people to follow along.
  7. Create and implement a Club Success plan.
  8. Get support from District Leadership.
  9. Toastmaster awards bring pride, hope, and lift dark clouds. Strive as a club to reach one.
  10. Instant responses to interested guests are huge!
  11. Fellowship after meetings if time and schedules permit.
  12. Don’t get discouraged! The club you are coaching will follow you and the feelings you are sending out!
  13. Work with the club and build their trust. See what areas they are successful in and what areas need improvement and help guide them in the direction to be successful. Don’t just tell them what to do, become one of them and lead!

Through using these tips, Northpointe transformed from a struggling club of 3 members into an energetic and vibrant club of 15 members in just over a year.  From the brink of extinct to Select Distinguished!! 

Now it is your turn. What club can you help this year?

District 65 Spring 2017 Conference

There is no expressway to success. It beings with a vision – and then the steps to get to that vision. The theme for our conference is “Climbing the Stairs to Success.” The goal is to provide you tools that will help you on your Toastmasters journey. These tools will also be things that translate into your everyday life. Just as we all look different, each of our journeys to success are our own individual paths. Whether this is your first step or millionth step, we’d like to share our ideas with you!

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the District 65 Spring Conference

10.  Make new friends
9.    Renew relationships with Toastmasters from other Divisions
8.    Learn new skills to help you in your Toastmasters journey
7.    Walk on the riverfront, right outside your hotel lobby
6.    See the historic site of the first store owned and managed by an African American from the Rochester area inside the hotel
5.    Enjoy learning new ideas, while enjoying the historic and scenic Genesee River
4.    Be part of an election process to elect your new 2017-2018 District Leaders
3.    Enjoy the speech contest and help cheer on our contestants
2.    Hear from an Irish storyteller and accredited speaker, Conor Cuneen, Irishman Speaks 
1.     You’ll begin your journey in climbing the stairs to your own success! 

Important Conference Information:

Conference Dates: May 6-7, 2017
Location: Radisson Riverfront Hotel
Address: 120 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone:    (585) 546-6400  

Tour the hotel and make reservations: https://www.radisson.com/rochester-hotel-ny-14604/nyroches

Conference Registration:           

On Line Registration: Clickhere         

Printable Registration Form: Download here

Note: There is a LIMITED BLOCK of ROOMS AVAILABLE at $109/night + taxes for both FRIDAY 5/5/17 and SATURDAY 5/6/17, while supplies last; but, no later than APRIL 15th!

Parking for is $4.00 per day

When booking, please use ROOM BLOCK code: Toastmasters District 65 Spring Conference

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is Conor Cuneet, who is an accredited speaker with Toastmasters International and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

To learn more about Conor, please visit his web page at IrishmanSpeaks

Call for Presenters:

This spring, the theme to our spring conference is Climbing the Stairs to Success. Below, please find the spring conference committee’s vision of what this program offers to Toastmasters, who may attend.

We are asking for presentations that support this theme from our Toastmasters members. There will be two breakout sessions in the morning. Each session will have 3 breakout groups. We will need presentations for all 3 breakout groups, relating to personal growth and presentations for 2 of the 3 leadership breakout groups. Each training module will be approximately 50 minutes.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit the Presenter Application to following to the following email address: d65springconference2017@gmail.com:

Theme:  Climbing the Stairs to Success – Our goal is to provide tools that will enable you to continue to grow successfully on your Toastmasters journey.

Personal Growth:  Personal growth is critical. It could be improving self-awareness and/or self-knowledge, building or renewing identity/self-esteem, developing strengths or talents, and identifying or improving potential as well as fulfilling aspirations. Personal growth almost always starts with a self-assessment to become more aware of our own needs.  Relative to Toastmasters what does that personal growth look like?

 Social Growth:  Equally important as understanding our own needs is the ability and need to meet and interact with others.  Social growth is a process. Our own feelings and growth are often developed and influenced by interacting with others, learning to understand group dynamics, and often modifying our own behavior, when we choose to model behavior of others we may aspire to be. By attending conferences, training and other District events, we are able to meet new friends/colleagues, and learn or improve our social and networking skills.

Leadership Growth: As our leadership skills emerge, it is important to know our leadership style and your own desires in the workplace, with family, etc. Our leadership sessions will give you tools to assess your leadership skills, how to better take advantage of the Toastmasters leadership modules and tools, and to translate your leadership skills to the workplace.

Call for Presenters Form

Presenters will need to complete and submit the attached form to be considered for one of the six educational sessions that will be offered: SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS_020117

Questions:   Contact our conference co-chairs Melvie Hall-Bellinger at: (856) 558-2399 

Conference Overview

Friday, May 5, 2017

     First Timers Reception
     Meet the Speaker (meet our featured speaker Conor Cuneen)
     Table Topics Contest

Saturday, May 6, 2017

     Keynote Speech by Conor Cuneen
     Session 1 Workshops (3 options)
     Session 2 Workshops (3 options)
     Communication & Leadership Luncheon
     District 65 International Speech Contest
     Business/District Council Meeting          
     Awards Banquet

Sunday, May 7, 2017

     District Executive Council Meeting

District Council Meeting

District Council Meeting Documents – link will be added in the future…please stay tuned.